Category 38: ESB – Extra Special Bitter

Amber to deep copper
Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Medium to medium-high
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Medium to medium-high
Fermentation Characteristics:
Low carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity-estery and very low diacetyl characters are acceptable, but should be minimized in this form of Bitter. The absence of diacetyl is also acceptable.
Medium to full
Additional Notes:
When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may choose to create subcategories which reflect English and American hop character.
Alcohol by Volume:
4.80% – 5.80%
SRM Color: